CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s football season at last, and bleachers are now trumping beaches as the best place to socialize on the weekend. For some fashionistas, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you look going to the game that really counts.
But who says you have to choose?
The days of being relegated to hooded sweatshirts and ill-fitting tees to celebrate your favorite team are long gone. Now, you can score a touchdown for fashion with a variety of stylish pieces that will get you noticed on the sidelines or at a tailgate.
Not sure how to achieve your perfect sporty style? To make the winning play for your team, stick to the 3 C’s of game-day fashion: comfort, color and customization.
The sidelines and stands are not the place for heels. Not only are they horrendously uncomfortable after a few hours of standing on a parking lot for the pregame parties, they can make just getting to the game downright dangerous.
Navigating bleachers can be nerve-wracking enough in flats, but add a few inches to your shoe and you’re at risk for a bad fall or twisted ankle. So, stick to flats for game day.
Ballet flats in a variety of peppy colors to show your team spirit are a perfect preppy pop to any outfit and perfect for the warmer weather at the beginning of the season.
As the weather cools down, don your favorite pair of broken-in booties or knee-high boots. These rugged boots can sass up a skirt, add a casual flair to your favorite dress and look perfect with dark skinny jeans tucked in for snowy winter games.
Wearing your school colors is the perfect way to show your team spirit — but no need to raid the bookstore for an overpriced oversize sweatshirt. Most schools have two primary colors to represent their team, and it’s easy to incorporate those into any ensemble. One easy way is to pair your favorite jeans with a plain T-shirt in one primary color and top it with a cardigan in the other.
Another is to wear solids in one color and accessories in the other color to give your outfit that extra pizazz. Adding a colored belt to a solid dress is a great way to tie in the second school color and showcase your personal style.
If you’re not a huge dress fan and you’re still looking to beat the heat of the early-season pregame parties, try wearing a patterned or embellished top with a pair of shorts. You don’t have to be fancy to be the most stylish fan in the stadium.
Whatever you wear, make sure it’s “you”!
If you’re part of the Southern tradition of dressing up for games, make sure you feel comfortable wearing your pearls and preppy prints in the stadium, like the embroidered belt from State Traditions.
If your tailgate plan includes more business than beer, opt for a professional yet celebratory look.
The striped blazer from University Girls Apparel is a comfortable and conservative addition to any wardrobe. Add it to a plain tee and jeans for a more casual look or top your favorite sheath dress with the blazer, a scarf or accent necklace for a perfectly pulled-together ensemble.
If you want to be feminine and flirty while watching football, try the striped T-shirt dress from University Girls Apparel. It works well paired with ballet flats during the spring, and transitions easily to fall and winter by adding a jean jacket and boots.
Finally, be true to yourself and to your favorite team. Dresses and boots are nice, but if you’re a casual girl at heart, there’s nothing like watching the game in jeans and a hooded sweatshirt with a mascot emblazoned on the front!
At the end of the day, most of us are more focused on the game than what we look like. But you can have it both ways.
Check out those half-naked guys with their painted chests, faces and hair, screaming at the top of their lungs in frigid temps: They’ve found their own, unique way to support their team. Now you can find yours and show up in style to cheer your team through touchdowns, timeouts and tough calls!